Columbia Gas Transmission Moving Forward With East Side Expansion Project

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NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage (NGT&S), a unit of NiSource Inc., today announced plans to move forward with its East Side Expansion project. The project involves the construction of additional capacity on NGT&S’ Columbia Gas Transmission (Columbia) system to help meet increasing demand and transport Marcellus Shale gas produced in northern Pennsylvania to markets along the East Coast and in the mid-Atlantic region.

“Our East Side Expansion is a great example of Columbia’s unparalleled ability to deliver new, affordable supplies of natural gas to growing Northeast and mid-Atlantic markets,” Jimmy D. Staton, executive vice president and group chief executive officer of NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, said. “We continue to work with our customers to develop innovative ways to enhance our pipeline system and effectively meet our customers’ natural gas transportation needs.”

“Columbia is committed to identifying and executing on a wide range of growth opportunities across our entire pipeline system,” Joseph Shields, chief operating officer, NiSource Gas Transmission & Storage, noted. “With contracts in place and funding approved for this project, we shift our efforts to working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other federal, state and local agencies to facilitate the construction process.”

The East Side Expansion project, which is supported by binding precedent agreements, will provide up to 310,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of additional system capacity. The project calls for constructing additional pipeline capacity along an existing pipeline system, adding compression to an existing compressor station, and enhancing interconnects with Millennium Pipeline at Columbia’s Wagoner metering station and with Tennessee Gas Pipeline at Milford compressor station.

Construction on the expansion is expected to begin in early 2015 to meet a targeted in-service date in late 2015. Columbia has begun working with federal, state and local agencies and will continue to engage key stakeholders, landowners and customers throughout the planning and construction process.

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